As you know, two days ago Nicky had an extremely busy day because news came out that he will be representing Ireland at the 2016 Eurovision song competition in Stockholm. RTÉ held a special event at the Morrison Hotel where Nicky talked to the press.
Here I have 7 EXCLUSIVE High Quality pictures of Nicky. Massive thank you to hermionegranger for sending them in:
Nicky told the Irish Sun that believes his late dad could be guiding his Eurovision bid. Nikki Byrne Sr was a major fan of the contest and would host Eurovision nights at Baldoyle Racecourse, where he performed in a cabaret band.
“My dad is six years dead this November but I sometimes wonder are the stars aligned this year? Because my dad was such a fan of Eurovision, he would love this. I actually feel he was in the room when we wrote the song that would be our Eurovision entry Sunlight.”
“Dad saw my career with Westlife go through the roof but he didn’t hear me on 2FM or hear my first solo album. But I still feel him very much around.”
Nicky also chatted to Goos.ie about his plans to promote his album in the future, and how his family will always come first:
“I’d love to promote the album but first and foremost I’m a dad, I’m a husband and I’m not going to be jumping on a tour for months on end,” he explained. “I’m not going to do that anymore but I’ll certainly promote the album and give it my best shot. You know I’m 37, I’m not Niall Horan, I’ve done that, I’ve worn that jersey being months on end when you haven’t been home and I loved it,” he revealed. “But it’s a young man’s game to do that and that’s not me when you have kids in school, playing their football and hobbies.”
Nicky was at the Morrison Hotel where RTÉ announced that he will be representing Ireland at Eurovision this year. He mentioned his album plans:
“I’ve written this album over the past few years and it was always going to come out in 2016.” Nicky said. “We’re talking to a label at the moment and I think a deal usually comes off the back of a single and I think Sunlight is the song to do that, it just happens to also be Ireland’s entry to the Eurovision. Hopefully the album will come out later this year but right now I’m riding the crest of this wave of Eurovision.”
Nicky also decided not to receive a fee from his Eurovision performances and instead has requested his payment to go back into the production costs.
“It’s an honour to represent my country and it makes sense to me to put that money into the performance so it can look better,” he added.
Nicky mentioned to Goss.ie that he sent the song to his former Westlife bandmates before making today’s announcements:
“I haven’t asked them for advice but I’ve texted them all last night with the song and video, told them it was true and wanted them to hear from me first,” he explained. “I rang Louis as well obviously, every one of them text and were really positive, ‘love the song, love the video, very catchy, you can do it’.”
“Kian sent a lovely text saying, ‘I got your back, you can do it’, Mark’s going ‘this makes me so happy, the song, the Eurovision, you. At last you’re doing something you’ve really wanted to do’,” he smiled. “I think Shane’s in Dubai at the minute and he said ‘I loved the song, fair play, what do you have to lose’.”
It’s a busy day for Nicky after today’s big announcements! He will be interviewed on various radio and TV shows, so I’m going to be updating this post as audio, clips and pictures are released. Keep checking back for new additions!
• THE IAN DEMPSEY BREAKFAST SHOW – TODAY FM – Skip to minute 47:46
• BREAKFAST REPUBLIC – RTÉ 2FM
Nicky was on Breakfast Republic this morning and he showed Bernard O’Shea some Westlife dance moves + he talked about planning for Eurovision:
• THE NICKY BYRNE SHOW – RTÉ 2FM – Skip to hour 2:47:18
Today, The Nicky Byrne Show came live from this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Many interesting things were shared + Mentalist David Meade joined Nicky and Jenny for a fun interview! I added 19 pictures to the fansite’s Gallery, so click on any of the ones below to view all of them:
UPDATE: Here are some additional photos of Nicky leaving the event:
The 2fm Xmas Ball took place last Wednesday, December 23rd at the 3Arena. Nicky and other RTÉ 2fm presenters were the hosts for the night and did a magnificent job. The event raised 450K for ISPCC Childline making it a complete success!
DJ, presenter – and charming MC last night – also confirms release is on the horizon.
At one point, HP couldn’t help but notice him chatting with Gavin James, just 24 hours before he supports Ed Sheeran at Croke Park. Was the Westlife man doling out a bit of advice?
“It didn’t come up, actually,” Nicky laughed. “I don’t think I could describe it anyway. The first couple of minutes when you go on stage are insane. You can’t hear anything. You can’t even breathe, never mind sing. Your mouth dries up. It’s just a wall of noise, a cauldron.”
Westlife capped their career with a pair of dates at HQ – unsurprisingly, they’re stand-out memories in Byrne’s mind.
“It was an amazing way to finish. It was weird though; you knew you were going to wake up the following morning unemployed! You were never going to do that again, but what memories.”
And a new chapter of his musical career is just around the corner too; Byrne confirmed that a solo album is progressing very nicely indeed.
“I’ve been co-writing with Wayne Hector,” he reports. “He wrote ‘Flying Without Wings’, and he’s worked with Nicki Minaj and One Direction too. I’ve literally squeezed it in after radio on the days that I could. I obviously had the TV show too; this explains why it took so long, if I’m honest!”
But there’s no fear of Byrne jacking in his 2fm gig; “I couldn’t,” he smiled. “I just love it too much.”